Probiotics can improve Eczema

What causes eczema?

Why some people develop eczema is not well understood. It is common for people with eczema to have other allergies. This suggests that inherited factors increase the tendency to develop eczema, but environmental factors also play a significant role.

In people with eczema the skin does not retain moisture very well, which causes it to dry out easily. This makes the skin more open to allergens and irritants. These can trigger the skin to release chemicals that make the skin itchy. Scratching itchy skin causes more chemicals to be released, making the skin feel itchier. This scratch and itch cycle can cause discomfort, disrupt sleep and affect quality of life. It is therefore important to keep skin that is prone to eczema well hydrated, by moisturising the skin every day.

You can discuss natural skin care options with your naturopath that may be the most suitable for you.

Eczema throughout life

  • Infantile eczema occurs in around 20% of children under two years of age, and usually starts in the first six months of life. Infantile eczema usually improves significantly between the ages of two to five years.
  • Childhood eczema may follow infantile, and is characterised by rashes and dryness usually found in the creases of the elbows, behind the knees, across the ankles and may involve the face, ears and neck.
  • Adult eczema is similar to that of older children with areas of very dry, itchy, reddened skin at the elbow creases, wrist, neck, ankles and behind the knees. It can cause rough, hard and thickened skin, which may also have weeping areas.

Naturopathic Treatments are available, and include a range of safe and  effective measures to reduce the prevalence and seriousness of the eczema.

Various studies have found evidence for the use of probiotics in eczema to reduce symptoms compared to placebo. This was especially evident  in children! Studies have also been conducted on the supplementation of probiotics to pregnant mothers that has gone on to then significantly  reduce the chance of that child developing eczema later in life.

Modulation of the gut bacteria and microbiome is particularly important to reduce allergic conditions like eczema, but also hay fever, sinusitis and asthma. At Nepean Naturopathic Centre, we focus a lot of our treatment on improving the function of your gut, optimising digestion and absorption of nutrients, and removing underlying pathogens and infections that may negatively impact your gut health.

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